“Unacceptable” for England to consider foreign manager, says Allardyce

The prospect of England appointing a foreign manager if Gareth Southgate steps down is “unacceptable”, according to his predecessor Sam Allardyce.

Southgate’s future as England manager is uncertain following their 2-1 World Cup quarter-final defeat by France.

He remains in touch until the end of Euro 2024 but has indicated he will make a decision about his future after Christmas.

The likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel have been touted as potential replacements should Southgate depart, but Allardyce is against the appointment of a non-British manager.

“It can’t happen, not again. There are enough qualified British managers in this country to pick the right man,” Allardyce, who managed England to a match in 2016, told Sky Sports.

“I just don’t see it. I think it would be a huge backlash for our country and a huge backlash for young managers trying to get their way.

“It’s quite difficult to get into the Premier League as a British manager, but to think you’ve been taken away from you to become national manager… I think it’s unacceptable, personally.”

Fellow former England manager Fabio Capello said Southgate should stay if he has the team’s full support on Tuesday, and while Allardyce agreed, he would understand if Southgate decided to step down.

“How long do you want to endure that scrutiny and that pressure? Many managers will leave their positions at the end of the World Cup,” Allardyce said.

“While it’s an experience and a job you could never turn down, not in my opinion anyway, there’s a time when you’ve run enough through the mill.

“I think this team is good enough to make him think: ‘I have to go on because I think we could win the Euros’.

“But there’s the other aspect to consider: ‘How much pressure do I want to continue to endure, and is it time for me to retire?'”

England’s hopes of reaching the final four were dashed when Harry Kane scored an 84th-minute penalty over the crossbar after converting from the penalty spot early in the second half.

Allardyce does not believe the presence of Kane’s Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris in the France goal had any bearing on his mistake, attributing it to the pressure of the moment.

“I don’t understand any of that nonsense about Lloris finding out because they play for the same club. It was the pure pressure of the event,” he added.

“He takes a penalty so well normally, and if he’d hit it as well as he did the first one, Lloris wouldn’t have stood a chance.

“I’ve always said from the beginning that we had the strongest team in this World Cup, and I still believe it. The biggest regret is that this competition only comes once every four years.”

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